FIRST-EVER CONVENTION INTERFAITH GATHERING TO FEATURE DIVERSE ARRAY OF LEADERS FROM THE FAITH COMMUNITY
DENVER – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today the highly-regarded religious leaders and musical artists who will serve as featured speakers and performers at the first-ever Democratic National Convention interfaith gathering, kicking off the 2008 Convention. The interfaith gathering will be held at 2:00 pm MT, Sunday, August 24 at the Wells Fargo Theater, inside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Invocators and Benedictors to Include Pastor Joel Hunter, Rabbi David Saperstein, Sister Catherine Pinkerton, Reverend Cynthia Hale, Archbishop Demetrios, Cameron Strang. (Strang pulled out at the last minute and did not appear.)
Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali of the Northeast Denver Islamic Center, Rabbi Steven Foster from Congregation Emmanuel, lifelong Democratic leader Polly Baca, human rights leader Reverend Lucia Guzman and Buddhist participant and University of Colorado Denver student Kathryn Ida will be part of the local faith community represented at the event.
This is the first time a celebration of this nature has been part of a Democratic National Convention. Delegates, elected officials, local residents, musical guests and spiritual leaders from many communities of faith will come together for this unique gathering. In addition to the speakers’ remarks, the program will include readings from diverse religious texts, prayers and musical selections.
First Ever interfaith gathering. Is this the beginning of the change that Barack Obama is talking about? This has no place whatsoever in a political convention. This is a dangerous precedent for a country that believes in the separation of church and state, and this is way over the line to make religion an official part of the convention, a convention that is using $17 million of the taxpayer’s money.
I’m not buying what Barack is selling. This just strengthens my resolve. This is “different Kind of Convention” to be sure.
Here’s a video of the entire service from CSPAN:
If this isn’t the merging of church and state, I don’t know what is.
Posted: 08.24.08 Revised: 08.25.08